Using the power of advanced maths to understand the diversity and complexity of the chemical world is what really drives our students on our Chemistry and Mathematics joint honours degrees.

In mathematics you will develop your skills in core subject areas such as linear algebra and calculus and combine these with the study of chemistry to understand how and why molecules react and the methods that are employed to study them.

As you move through the programme you have the opportunity to specialise in a range of topics in both parts of your course and vary the split between the two components to study the topics that interest you the most.

This BSc course runs over three years. As well as studying the subjects in great depth you can also explore how chemistry and maths interact with other disciplines, with industry, with wider society and internationally throughout your programme.

Enhancing your degree

The course is run over three years, although there is the option of a year in industry leading to a BSc (Industrial) and there is also the opportunity to transfer to the MNatSc, BSc Natural Sciences Integrated Masters course, provided certain academic standards are achieved.

You can also study this course as a 4 year Integrated Masters.

Related courses

Chemistry BSc
Medicinal Chemistry BSc
Chemistry MChem, BSc
Medicinal Chemistry MChem, BSc
Chemistry and Mathematics MChem, BSc

Course content: Chemistry and Mathematics BSc

During the first and second years of the course you'll cover the fundamental aspects of both disciplines. Two thirds of your course options are compulsory and these will cover the core of modern mathematics: linear algebra and calculus together with the area of chemistry you have chosen to specialise in. In the remainder of your options you're able to choose either additional mathematics or chemistry options, or even take a third elective subject available from a long list.

As a core part of the theoretical chemistry modules you'll have extensive practical sessions in the laboratory, so you actually get to perform experiments that reinforce the material taught to you in the lectures. In addition, small tutorial groups are used to support the teaching so you get regular feedback from the academic staff helping you solve any problems that you might have with a particular topic.

Once you reach the third, and final, year of your course you can select precisely which modules you wish to study and tailor a programme of study which really matches your interests in either chemistry or mathematics. At this point you also have the option of focussing much more strongly on one of the two areas and carrying out a major research project in place of laboratory-based practical classes.

Course structure

Details of typical modules/components for this course will be published on May 1st. These may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

As a chemistry and mathematics student at Leeds we ensure that you benefit from a wide range of teaching methods.

These different methods of teaching, together with the continuous support of our teaching staff, enable you to effectively apply what you have learnt through a series of exams, coursework, and continuous assessment. This means that you graduate with the correct mix of knowledge and transferable skills for a successful future career, whatever you choose to do.

Read more about learning and teaching methods.


The types of assessment used for each module aim to measure the learning outcomes we want you to achieve. Although formal end-of-semester examinations are predominant, often accounting for 80% or more of the formal assessment, many modules include a significant coursework element.

Entry requirements, fees and applying: Chemistry and Mathematics BSc

Entry requirements

A-level: AAB

including chemistry and grade A mathematics (excluding general studies and critical thinking).

Applicants taking a Science A-level (in England) will be required to achieve a pass in the practical element in addition to the standard A-level grade requirement.


You must also have GCSE english at grade C or above (or equivalent)

Alternative Qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

Pass with Distinction in all level 3 modules (The Diploma must be made up of level 3 modules in chemistry)


Distinction/Distinction/Distinction (In a course with a significant relevant chemical and scientific content)

Cambridge Pre-U

D3/D3/M2 in 3 principal subjects including chemistry and mathematics

International Baccalaureate

35 points including 6 in Higher Level chemistry and mathematics

Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

AAAABB including higher level chemistry and higher level mathematics

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

AAB including chemistry and mathematics

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative Entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.


We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information, contact our School of Chemistry admissions team.

Foundation year

If you have the ability to study for a degree but don’t have the qualifications to enter directly to level one, you might consider studying a foundation year. We have formal links with the following foundation year programmes:

- University of Leeds International Foundation Year (IFY)

- Northern Consortium of UK Universities (NCUK)

- Study Group Leeds International Study Centre (LISC)

If you are applying from an alternative foundation year provider, please contact our admissions team to find out if your qualification is suitable for entry to our courses.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any one component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

After you apply we will assess your application based on the information on your UCAS form. On the basis of this information we will decide whether to invite you to one of our informal interview days which, for UK based applicants, are an essential part of the admissions process.

Read more about how to apply on our School of Chemistry website.

Admissions policy

Faculty of Biological Sciences Undergraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: See fees section below

International: £17,750 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

Read about our range of additional scholarships available in the School of Chemistry.

Career opportunities: Chemistry and Mathematics BSc

This joint honours chemistry and mathematics degree not only prepares you for working directly in science and technology but also gives you a skill-set and knowledge base that is prized in a huge range of sectors ranging from business and financial services to sustainable development.

Our graduates enjoy successful careers in a wide range of roles from medicinal and analytical chemists to technical directors/managers, technologists and journalists through to patent attorneys and accountants.

A joint honours degree also lends itself to progression into a Masters or PhD, specialising in either chemistry or mathematics. Wherever you end up, the universal nature of mathematics and chemistry means that the skills you develop on a your joint honours degree course will give you a unique approach to your chosen career.

For further information on career paths and employability please see our careers pages.

Careers support

Throughout your degree course we will make sure that you have the support and opportunity to develop the skills and experience required to make the most of your career choices.

You can get some great work experience which can be featured on your CV through the School of Chemistry Industrial Placement Scheme or by securing a part-time job through the Student Union's Joblink. You could also look at the volunteering opportunities available through the Student Union which will help you in your personal development.

All of these opportunities can really help you stand out from the crowd.

We teach problem-solving and high level thinking at all stages of your degree. We offer modules which give students an insight into industrial new product development, from concept to market, in the chemical and allied industries, and which lead students through the various stages of setting up a new social enterprise, from the inception and development of the idea itself, through preparation of a business plan to preparing a funding proposal for potential investors/grant awarding body.

The modular nature of our degree programmes provide you with opportunities to develop the core subject knowledge and skills that you need to progress a career in a chosen area. Whilst our Industrial Placement scheme helps you gain vital experience and build confidence.

It also means that our degrees meet exacting quality standards and that their content is approved by one of the foremost scientific bodies in the world to ensure you are taught material of the highest standard.

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

Study abroad and work placements

Study abroad

On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. 

Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

Spending a year living and studying in another country is a unique experience. Unlike the passing tourist, you have the chance to totally immerse yourself in another culture. You will gain unforgettable experiences and memories that you will draw upon in your working and personal life for years to come. In addition to this, the proven ability to live and work in an international context is an asset that employers actively seek.

During your year abroad, you will follow the Chemistry and/or Mathematics course at your host institution. Many students find it valuable to undertake an extended practical project during this year which can be presented as part of your assessment for the year. When you return to Leeds you will enter the final year of your degree scheme.

If you wish to study at an institution where the course is taught in a foreign language, such as French, you don’t need to be fluent in the language before you go. We will help prepare you with a specialist language module at Level 2 which introduces you to scientific vocabulary and enhances your conversational and comprehension skills.

Students who spend a year in Europe through the ERASMUS programme also receive a maintenance grant for their year away and pay a reduced tuition fee for the year abroad.

Work placements

Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.

The Year in Industry scheme provides you with the opportunity to experience salaried work before you graduate. Employers actively seek graduates who already have work experience and it can make all the difference in interviews. In addition, the opportunity to work every day with scientists who are experts in their field is an incredible opportunity to enhance your knowledge of chemistry.

An industrial placement will boost your self-confidence, not only in your chosen subject area, but in the marketplace generally. You will be able to choose from a range of pharmaceutical, oil, fine chemical, colour, polymer and other chemistry-related industries. In previous years, students have worked at many prestigious companies.

During your year in industry you have an industrial supervisor from within the company, plus an academic supervisor who will keep in touch throughout your placement.

If you are not sure right now whether or not an industrial placement is right for you, don't worry, you will not have to start applying for internships until the beginning of your second year.